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And Then It Was Good
Seven wood panels, colored pencil, and masonite
In her series, Angulo confronts the trauma she experienced after surviving sexual assault in Bali. Her work depicts intimacy and nakedness intertwined with Balinese symbolism to support her story of pain and redemption. These portraits represent the dialogues between Angulo and her sister as they cope and grow to a path of healing by God.
Corban Daniel Emilio Yop Bañez
When Life Gives You Means
Nickels, plaster, ceramics, found objects
Exploring his relationship with money, something the artist often sees as unhealthy, Bañez uses the nickel to represent the influence financial stability and instability has had on his life throughout college. Bañez builds his mixed-media sculptures out of mass-produced pottery and found objects to represent the inescapability of the dollar, using shiny coins to question whether the primary subject is money or the objects bearing its weight.
In Daily Rites, Bark captures the art of surfing and the feelings of yearning, attainment, and bliss that accompany it. Recreating the graphic style of the old surf magazines from the golden era of surfing, these screen prints explore how the slow process and practice of photographing, collaging, and printing, mirrors the experiences of handcrafting a board, waiting for waves, and time spent waiting in the water.
Handle With Care
Oil on canvas
Comparing the fragility of glass to the fragility of endangered species on the earth, Elliott paints glass animal sculptures, exploring the ways light can highlight or distort their surfaces. Each of the species depicted in this series are currently threatened by human actions: yellow from habitat loss, red from hunters and poachers, orange from litter, green from deforestation, and blue from rising water temperatures.
A Public Journal
Mixed media collage: paper, ink, paint
Inspired by the street art and graffiti seen growing up in various cities and countries, Gutierrez uses collage to examine the way this medium is often changed or added to by other artists. Titled from the cities where Gutierrez discovered the graffiti, the layers of the collages are intended to look like a wall in New York City. It is Gutierrez’ way of bringing street art, an often overlooked yet culturally influential medium, into a gallery space.
Film photography, video, and installation
While interviewing fourteen women from different generations and backgrounds, Ko asked them each to reflect on their own journeys from oppression to freedom. Over the course of multiple conversations, each woman chose a concrete object to represent both their oppression and their liberation. Ko’s process to create her hand-developed, black and white film photography, text, video, and installation, reflects the intricate, holistic journeys of each woman she interviewed.
Three digitally-printed canvas banners
Lee’s illustrations are the artist’s own representation of traditional Christian spiritual warfare imagery, using the girl in the center panel to represent all of humanity and the fragility and choice of every individual soul. These images are printed on banners that connect to the symbolism of claiming battleground and the rebuking of spiritual warfare represented in the Old Testament.
The New Normal
Oil on canvas
With the Covid-19 pandemic came a new habit of masking ourselves in public. Examining how, due to these masks, society has to distinguish and perceive others in new ways, Lush portrays a sense of likeness of her subjects despite being unable to fully see them.
Ceci M. Amboy
Stop-motion animation film
Amboy has spent three and half years planning, experimenting with, and “remastering” this work, which utilizes brush pens and rotoscoping. Including cardboard and paper, as well as a loosely drawn style of characters, Amboy is purposefully separating this story from a direct representation of our world, while still keeping it grounded in reality by using tangible, banal materials. The artist represents humanity’s struggle to attain fulfillment.
The Dark Ages
Ink on Bristol board
For centuries, the image of the plague doctor has been a symbol of pandemics, representing the lengths society will go to protect against an invisible, biological force. Staples has taken this imagery, and through stark black and white shapes and opaque ink, he seeks to represent the frustration and confusion felt during the Covid-19 pandemic, connecting it to similar historical experiences.
Prints From The Cairo Sketchbooks
In a visual journal, Thoen captured the challenging, chaotic, and beautiful aspects of the city of Cairo and her time spent there studying abroad. She has taken these thoughts and drawings and turned them into hand-pulled screen prints. The first layer of each piece is a monoprint, while the other two layers are printed from hand-drawn stencils, allowing her to create on a larger scale while still retaining the original hand-drawn imagery.
Wield It Well
Prisma colored pencil
Using tools that hold a deep sentimental value connected to her father and her family, Westburg explores the way these devices can both construct something new as well as tear it apart. By depicting the destruction of everyday objects with these tools, Westburg captures a sense of brokenness, while holding in balance both grace and pain.
Sculptural installation: plaster, nails, living plant material
Through Untitled, Wyckoff examines the universal presence of pain and its contribution to the molding and shaping of individual stories. The succulents represent the forces that enact individual growth; the nails represent both negative and positive experiences; and the hands bring attention to intense emotional gestures.